/ Vranje, 11/3/2016 / On the occasion of November 3, the International Day of clean air, the Human Rights Committee Vranje with partners and with the support of students from Vuk Karadzic Primary school organized distribution of informative material and conversation with citizens about the importance of clean air.
The action was organized within the project „TOWARDS EUROPE – CHAPTER 27, AARHUS CONVENTION AND THE CITY OF VRANJE“ (improving the environment and the strengthening of environmental awareness at the local level) with the support of the City of Vranje.
With this public campaign, we informed the citizens of the Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters.
Recently published studies of air quality in Pcinja District show that more than 80% of the territory of the district has clean air. These are hilly and mountainous areas with little or no human activity. Good air quality is confirmed by the presence of 58 species of epiphytic lichen species in Pcinja district. In the area of just under 20%, there are thirteen hot spots
where was confirmed presence of heavy metals originating from the intense flow of traffic and industry.
This area occupies of South Morava river valley and Corridor 10 highway along which is the largest number of settlements and the most vivid human activity. In the city of Vranje those includes the Furniture Factory „Simpo“ and settlements of Ristovac, Kupinince and Ranutovac, said Mr Snezana Milosevic, an expert in the field of ecology and associate of Human Rights Committee Vranje ecology program.
Adequate protection of the environment is essential to human well-being and the exercising of basic human rights, including the right to life. Every person has the right to live in the environment that suits her/his health and well-being and has a duty, both individually and in community with others, to protect and improve the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.
Today’s action was covered by local and regional media.